How long should you practice drums?

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Post Fri Jul 11, 2008 11:46 am

how long should you practice drums daily?
by practicing i mean like improving not jamming.
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Post Fri Jul 11, 2008 11:52 am

well, if your hands start to hurt you might wanna cut down.

seriously, don't push your body beyond its limits.

when I was young and had tons of free time I would put in maybe 2-3 hours a day during the school year and up to 8 during the summer.

nowadays I'm lucky to get an hour in, between work and practices/gigs with the band.
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Post Fri Jul 11, 2008 12:06 pm

duuuude, just sitting and playing for eight hours a day would be wonderful..
too bad that will never ever happen :cry:
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Post Fri Jul 11, 2008 12:57 pm

Yeah, I really miss having my summers off...but not enough to be a teacher! :mrgreen:
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Post Fri Jul 11, 2008 1:46 pm

2-3 hours a day? doing what?
i need some generous member to like tell me what to do :)
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Post Fri Jul 11, 2008 2:18 pm

haha we can't tell you what to do,
you have to figure that part out...
that's what makes drumming awesome
creative freedom
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Post Fri Jul 11, 2008 2:35 pm

shine.fm-youth wrote:haha we can't tell you what to do,
you have to figure that part out...
that's what makes drumming awesome
creative freedom


+1, Great answer!

But if you really need additional guidance, you can't go wrong working on the rudiments:

http://www.drumrudiments.com/

Do 'em with your hands, do 'em with your feet, do 'em with your hands and feet. Then play whatever you feel like. :D
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Post Sat Jul 12, 2008 6:34 am

blink44 wrote:2-3 hours a day? doing what?
i need some generous member to like tell me what to do :)


My suggestion is analyze your playing. Whatever you're not good at, find some excersizes that will focus on that and do it, slowly for a long period of time.
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Post Sat Jul 12, 2008 8:25 am

It's all up to you. I rarely practice during school day (like only 2-5 hours per week) but during holidays, I can play them for about 3-4 hours per day... I just wish my school work won't be that much (but I don't think it'll happen)! But if your hand starts to hurt, you'll need to stop and give your hand some time to rest first before playing again (if you have time)...
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Post Sat Jul 12, 2008 6:47 pm

Any time I've been behind the kit lately has been working with the occasional wank fest. When able though, I usually practice about two hours a day.

2-3 hours a day is easy to do.

Warm up hands and feet = 30 minutes
Work on foot technique = 15 minutes
Work on hand technique = 15 minutes
Slowly work new patterns until they're comfortable = 60 minutes

That's two hours and you can easily add another hour by working on a few rudiments.
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Post Mon Jul 14, 2008 9:29 am

i just do paradiddles between

left hand and right hand
left hand and right foot
left hand and left foot
right hand and right foot
right hand and left foot
right foot and left foot

with varying ostinatos

then i do 16th notes on all four limbs for endurance
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Post Mon Jul 14, 2008 9:38 am

i usually play really really fast music for like atleast and hour.
like some black dahlia, as blood runs black
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Post Mon Jul 14, 2008 9:50 am

i tend to drum like mad, then go for a week without.

you think about it then
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Post Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:29 am

I used to make up melodies/guitar riffs in my head and try different drumming patterns for it, just to try to improve my grooving. I've grown a bit tired of that now though, although I still make up fake songs in my head and jam to 'em (just not each time I'm at the kit). :D

Currently I play 1-4hrs/day, mostly I'm playing along with my mp3-player, working on keeping tempo and figuring stuff out that my favorite drummers play. Also I'm working on hitting the drums lighter, I've been messing up my wrist because I've been hitting so hard (without proper technique). I also work on my single roll a lot at the moment, trying to get it really even and quick so I can do cool drum rolls.

You could take your favorite song and extract the drum parts and learn the song perfectly. Depending on what the drummer plays you might just learn a lot. :)
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Post Mon Jul 14, 2008 5:51 pm

eml wrote:)You could take your favorite song and extract the drum parts and learn the song perfectly. Depending on what the drummer plays you might just learn a lot. :)


That's what I try to do :D.